Disaster Response Resources
During the first stage following a disaster, search and rescue (typically first 72 hours), there is not much that can be done. Some areas may not even be accessible yet. With a hurricane or flooding, flood waters may still be rising in some areas while receding in others.
Once the water subsides, the community will begin the process of assessing their needs and how we can all work together to help the local congregations care for their community.
What can you do?
- Pray – continue to pray for the people and communities affected. May God’s healing presence give them peace and hope in their time of need.
- Give – gift to the synod’s disaster fund will be used to assist those affected
- Connect – learn more about the situation and our response.
Worship Resources in Times of Disaster
- Worship Service – a collection of prayers, psalms, and hymns to be used in times of disaster
- A Service of Remembrance, Thanksgiving, and Hope – candlelight service to be used in the aftermath of a hurricane (a service of bidding prayers, readings, lighting of candles, and hymns which can be easily adapted by a congregation without bulletins or electricity).
- From Chaos to Community – A guide to helping friends and neighbors recover and rebuild after a major disaster
Emergency Management Coordinators
- Brazoria County: Steve Rosa, 979.864.1801
- City of Houston: Rick Flanagan, 713.884.4500
- Fayette County: Janet Carrigan, 979.968.6469
- Fort Bend County: Jeff Braun, 281.342.3411
- Galveston County: Garret Foskit (Interim), 281.309.5002
- Harris County: Mark Sloan, 713.881.3100
- Jefferson County: Greg Fountain, 409.835.8757
- Montgomery County: Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel, 936.760.5852
- Washington County: Robert Smith, 979.277.6288
- Ascension Parish: Richard Webre, 255.644.3039
- Assumption Parish: John Boudreaux, 985.369.7386
- Calcasieu Parish: Dick Gremillion, 337.721.3800
- East Baton Rouge Parish: Joanne Moreau, 225.389.2100
- Jefferson Parish: Charles Hudson, 504.349.5360
- Lafourche Parish: Chris Boudreaux, 985.493.6921
- Livingston Parish: Mark Harrell, 225.686.3066
- Orleans Parish: Deputy Director Aaron Miller, 504.658.8703
- Saint Bernard Parish: John Rahaim Jr., 504.278.4267
- Saint John the Baptist Parish: Jobe Boucvalt, 985.652.2222
- Saint Landry Parish: Lisa Vidrine, 337.948.7177
- Saint Mary Parish: Duval Arthur Jr., 337.828.4100—ext. 135
- Washington Parish: Thomas Thiebaud, 985.839.0434
Volunteers who would like to partner with the recovery effort should be as self-sufficient as possible. Student groups should have at least one adult for every 6-8 youth who participate, preferably parents. Preparation before serving includes learning about the area you plan to enter, emotionally preparing to accompany people in crisis, praying for the community you will serve, and securing necessary housing, equipment, and meal arrangements.
We enter into hurricane-impacted areas with humility, remembering that people’s lives will never be the same. For some the results of flooding and a faltering economy has moved their once stable lives into serious crisis. There is a particular need to help people without insurance and those with limited financial assets, the elderly, handicapped, or single mothers. We are grateful that you will partner with us as we practice our faith together.
Volunteer Housing Sites
- Bethlehem Lutheran Church in New Orleans, LA
- 35 air mattresses and cots, 6 showers
- Camp Restore in New Orleans, LA (LCMS)
- 150 beds, RV hook-ups, 21 showers
- Christus Victor Lutheran Church in Oceans Springs, MS
- 212 beds, 10 showers
- Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Chalmette, LA
- 40 beds, 6 showers
- Grace Lutheran Church in New Orleans
- 40 air mattresses, 4 showers
- Peace Lutheran Church in Slidell, LA
- 80 beds (bunks and air mattresses), RV hook-ups, 12 showers
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.
~ Jeremiah 29:11